Writing Better Fiction

This is the only book you need on the craft of writing fiction.

It is an ambitious, comprehensive guide to writing any form from short stories to novellas to novels and novel series and in any genre.

In twelve generous chapters, this professional, prolific fiction writer discusses every applicable general topic on the craft of writing fiction:

  • Definition of Character-Driven Fiction
  • The Writer’s Role in the Story
  • Story Ideas (and where to get them)
  • Writing the Opening
  • Writing the Cliffhanger and the Hook
  • Writing Setting
  • Writing the Scene
  • Writing the Ending
  • The Pseudonym (Pen Name) vs. the Persona
  • Writing Into the Dark
  • It’s All Up to You
  • A Grammar Refresher and Notes on Punctuation and Dialogue

Throughout, this book is replete with examples of how to write the various aspects of fiction listed above.

The final chapter is a reasoned explanation of the conscious, critical mind and the creative subconscious mind and their very different roles in writing fiction.

Finally, in six appendices, the author adds invaluable information in the form of

  • General Tips for Writing Fiction
  • Two Fiction Exercises
  • An Example of POV and Timeline Indicators
  • Rules of Writing from Masters
  • My Personal Experience with Branding
  • How to Continue Learning Craft

Note: This book is available at a discount directly from the author in any of four formats:

  • PDF (you print or not), MOBI or EPUB. Price: $9.00, or
  • PAPER as a binder-ready book in a heavy plastic envelope. Price: $25, including shipping. (The paper edition is available only through the author.)

What Writers Are Saying about Writing Better Fiction

“Can you be taught to write genre fiction? Yes. If you are one of the lucky few who has shown some aptitude for creating good and entertaining stories, Writing Better Fiction is for you. Take it from one who knows. If you learn how to get it right, there is no better fun you can have with your clothes on than writing character-driven fiction.” Vincent Zandri, New York Times bestselling ITW Thriller and PWA Shamus Award winning author of The Remains, The Innocent, and the Dick Moonlight PI series

“[In Writing Better Fiction] the explanations are perfectly clear. There’s no question of misinterpretation. And the examples/illustrations are succinct. It makes one wonder how the purveyors of so many myths that run rampant (especially on the Internet) can even pretend that what they are doing is ‘teaching writing.’ Most everyone who is even attempting writing should know the rudiments of spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph construction. This deceptively simple manual shows them what to do with their otherwise basic skills. … Congratulations on a job extraordinarily well done!” Michaele Lockhart, Author and Copyeditor

Writing Better Fiction is for the writer who, like Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘man in the arena,’ works faithfully at the craft of writing excellent fiction. It is for the writer who isn’t afraid to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard every day to honor the craft of writing. Harvey Stanbrough writes and instructs from the arena. That’s where the action is, and where the fun is too. Mark this up as essential reading.” Dan Baldwin, Author

“I own several books on writing, most of which take up space on my bookshelf. Being able to look back and consult the commonsense advice contained in this book on each of the parts of a story make it invaluable as a reference. The easy to read, approachable style of Writing Better Fiction makes it my go to reference. It will be allowed space to reside on my desk.” David Taylor, Ed.D

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This book is available via Amazon or universally at Books2Read for $14.99.

OR… You Can Buy the Ebook Direct for only $9!

Note: This price will increase to $13 on May 1, 2024.

Or you can buy the Binder-Ready Paper edition for only $25.00, postpaid. Email me  for this special deal.